You’ve been looking forward to your holiday for months and now it’s nearly time to go you need to get stuff done… well because we’re so helpful we’ve compiled a list of things you need. This isn’t a list of absolutely everything you need to take on holiday including toothpaste and undies! It’s what you need to take as a skier. We hope you find this useful, especially if you’re going skiing or snowboarding for the first time…
Clothes for when you’re skiing
When skiing you need waterproof clothes, especially if you’re a beginner as you are bound to take a couple of tumbles so the right outer wear is vital, but you don’t need to go out and buy lots of expensive gear. First, long sleeved t-shirts are an ideal base, then a warm jumper or fleece to wear under a waterproof jacket, plus some waterproof bottoms, also called salopettes, if you don’t already own a pair of these you can buy them quite cheaply in most outdoor stores. It’s important to wear layers because you may need to take off or put on clothes as and when needed.
Socks! These are very important, when skiing you should wear a thick pair of warm socks, not two pairs of thin socks. We would also recommend you take a pair of winter gloves, two if possible, and a hat of some kind.
Clothes for when you’re not skiing!
Ski resorts are cold! Especially in the evening, so lots of warm clothes are essential. Jeans are okay (in the evening, not while skiing), more warm jumpers and fleeces, a thick winter jacket or coat, the one you ski in is okay, plus a hat, gloves and a scarf to keep any drafts out!
Possibly the most important item of clothing are boots. Take a good pair of boots or walking boots that are water proof and have a good grip. These will keep your feet dry and and they should have a good grip as there could be ice underfoot.
Equipment to take with you
Many of our customers hire the equipment while they are on holiday, such as skis, boots, sticks etc. Some items are not included, like goggles, especially ones with changeable lenses for sunshine and low visibility. A pair of sunglasses are also recommended. A helmet is also a good idea, for obvious reasons, but you can also hire these in resort.
There are the usual things like toothpaste and toothbrush, but remember to take some sun cream, if they sun is shining off white snow you’ll need some protection. A small first aid kit including Deep Heat is also a good idea as you might have some bumps and scrapes along the way! And finally, some headache tablets!
Well, there you have it, all you need to take on a skiing, or snowboarding holiday. Please also ensure that you have booked travel insurance specifically for a skiing holiday and remember to take the insurance documents with you.
Have a great time on the slopes!